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Meaning of FEARFUL

Pronunciation:  'feerful

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  experiencing or showing fear; "a fearful glance"; "fearful of criticism"
  2. [adj]  causing fear or dread or terror; "the awful war"; "an awful risk"; "dire news"; "a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked"; "the dread presence of the headmaster"; "polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was"; "a dreadful storm"; "a fearful howling"; "horrendous explosions shook the city"; "a terrible curse"
  3. [adj]  timid by nature or revealing timidity; "timorous little mouse"; "in a timorous tone"; "cast fearful glances at the large dog"
  4. [adj]  lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted; "cowardly dogs, ye will not aid me then"- P.B.Shelley
  5. [adj]  extremely distressing; "fearful slum conditions"; "a frightful mistake"; "suffered terrible thirst"

FEARFUL is a 7 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: afraid(p), alarming, awful, bad, caitiff, chicken, chickenhearted, coward(a), cowardly, cowering(a), craven, cringing(a), dastard(a), dastardly, dire, direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful, faint, fainthearted, fearsome, frightening, frightful, funky, horrendous, horrific, lily-livered, poltroon, poor-spirited, pusillanimous, recreant, terrible, timid, timorous, trepid, unmanly, white-livered, yellow, yellow-bellied
 Antonyms: brave, courageous, fearless
 See Also: ignoble



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Fear"ful\, a.
1. Full of fear, apprehension, or alarm; afraid; frightened.

         Anxious amidst all their success, and fearful amidat
         all their power.                      --Bp.

2. inclined to fear; easily frightened; without courage;

         What man is there that is fearful and faint-hearted?
                                               --Deut. xx. 8.

3. Indicating, or caused by, fear.

         Cold fearful drops stand on my trembling flesh.

4. Inspiring fear or awe; exciting apprehension or terror;
   terrible; frightful; dreadful.

         This glorious and fearful name, The Lord thy God.
                                               xxviii. 58.

         Death is a fearful thing.             --Shak.

         In dreams they fearful precipices tread. --Dryden.

Syn: Apprehensive; afraid; timid; timorous; horrible;
     distressing; shocking; frightful; dreadful; awful.

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